October 2019

Monthly Archive: October 2019

Oct 18 2019

In the News: MtDNA Gene Expression, Carousel Ball, NIH Innovator Awards, NKAP-related Syndrome, Discussing Youth Suicide

By Jillian Rose Lim

From identifying a new neurodevelopmental syndrome to novel discoveries about mitochondrial DNA, this week’s research roundup shows how Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia experts connect the dots to better understand disease origins. Also find out which early career investigators received New Innovator Awards from the National Institutes of Health. In recognition of World Mental Health Day, PolicyLab researchers discussed innovative approaches to suicide prevention in young adults. And a huge “thank you” goes to fundraisers at the annual Carousel Ball for their generous support of research and treatment at the Cardiac Center.

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Oct 15 2019

Dig Deep and Discover What Works: Q&A With Alex Fiks, MD, MSCE

“What works?” in healthcare is the driving question for the Center for Pediatric Clinical Effectiveness’ (CPCE) multidisciplinary research team and their new director Alex Fiks, MD, MSCE. The research Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is dedicated to facilitating, organizing, and centralizing the performance of clinical effectiveness research to discover and share knowledge about best practices in pediatric care.

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Oct 9 2019

New Study Explores In-Home Sleep Apnea Evaluation for Children With Down Syndrome

By Barbara Drosey

Obstructive sleep apnea affects a disproportionate number of children with Down syndrome – 40 to 50 percent – compared to the 3 to 5 percent of their typically developing peers who are affected. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs more frequently during REM sleep, a sleep stage during which the body is completely relaxed, allowing the upper airways to become partially or completely blocked. Children with Down syndrome have midfacial hypoplasia, enlarged tongues, and baseline low muscle tone, all of which make them more prone to obstructive sleep apnea. These repeated obstructions in breathing can cause oxygen deprivation, carbon dioxide retention, and repeated awakenings that prevent children from getting a good night’s sleep.

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Oct 7 2019

Preventing Hemorrhage in Severely Injured Children

By Barbara Drosey

When a traumatic injury occurs, the countdown to an optimal chance at survival begins. With hemorrhage being the main cause of death within 24 hours postinjury, how bleeding is managed in those initial hours can greatly affect outcomes. It is within this critical window that Sage Myers, MD, MSCE, and her research team are trialing an intervention to prevent uncontrolled bleeding in children following traumatic injury.

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Oct 4 2019

In The News: Screening Tool for Autism, Recognition of ECMO Center Manager, Generous Gift for Palliative Care, Research Leadership Position, Non-verbal Children with Autism

By Nancy McCann

Take a look at who’s been making research headlines lately. This week we’re covering the accuracy of an autism spectrum disorder screening tool; the generous gift for palliative care, treatment, and research; and the international recognition of our Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) Center manager, James Connelly.

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Oct 2 2019

Off Campus: An EMT-on-Skis Comes to the Rescue

By Nancy McCann

Editor’s note: Welcome to our new blog series, “Off Campus.” Here you’ll discover what our amazing Research Institute employees do for fun, recreation, and the good of their communities once they leave the city behind. And if you know someone in your department or lab with a fascinating hobby or interest, we’d like to hear about it!

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